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Arabella

Near Kleinmond - Western Cape

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Hotel GM: Wayne Siepman
Golf director: Mike Munro
Greenkeeper: Corneille van Rooyen (STM)
Club captain: Dennis Marillier

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow, 6222 metres, CR74.0/141
White, 5813 metres, CR71.9/140
Blue, 5406 metres, CR70.0/132
Red, 4956 metres, CR67.8/127
Women’s blue, CR76.4/140
Women’s red, CR73.2/133

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R950,
Non-affiliated R1 535

Course designer

Peter Matkovich 1999

Contact

028 284 0105
www.arabellacountryestate.co.za

Arabella is one of the country’s leading golf resorts, with a golf course that has been consistently ranked in the top 10 since it opened. It occupies one of the most beautiful sites in the world, on the Bot River Lagoon, overlooking distant mountain ranges and attractive countryside. A multi-storey hotel provides residents with the finest of views from lagoon-facing rooms. The accommodation and golf blend seamlessly together. You walk out of your room and descend by lift to the clubhouse on the ground floor.

The scenic Peter Matkovich layout has evolved magnificently over the last 20 years, both as a championship test that has regularly hosted Sunshine Tour events and one that is equally enjoyable for high handicaps. With the land sloping gently down to the water, the opening holes on each nine climb away from the hotel on to level ground before gradually falling away back to the spectacular closing holes on the shore of the lagoon.

Arabella is both a resort and a golf estate, albeit with a small number of permanent residents.

Additional Course Facts

Feature Holes

The closing holes on each nine border the Bot River Lagoon. On the front nine the par-5 eighth slopes downhill to a green tucked away in the wetlands, followed by a short par 4 where a bold tee shot must carry the shoreline. From the front tee the green is in range. On the back nine the intimidating par-3 17th is alongside the water; the round finishes with a challenging par 5 that doglegs right around the edge of the lagoon to the green. The short par 4 16th hole has been remodelled in recent years, with the fairway and bunkering moved further right away from homes.

Accommodation

The five-star Arabella Hotel & Spa offers a fitness centre, award-winning spa, swimming pools, and a variety of outdoor activities. The multi-storey hotel has magnificent views over the Bot River Lagoon. The spa is home to the African Rainforest Treatment, a two-hour sensory water and steam treatment. It is part of the African Pride hotel group.

Practice Facility

A warm-up range for short/medium irons close to the clubhouse, and a short game area. Teaching lessons by the EOGA Academy.

Did You Know

1/ Arabella has been a constant in the Top 10 since its entry in 2002. Its highest ranking has been No 4.

2/ Arabella was originally the site of a farm called Laughing Waters whose owner Barry Wasdale astutely saw its potential and acquired zoning rights for a golf course. The name Arabella came from its early German owners.

3/ Arabella has hosted numerous Vodacom Origins of Golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour.

4/ Arabella hosted the Nelson Mandela Invitational
4 times between 2003 and 2006, starring top players and celebrities, plus the 2012 World Final of the Audi quattro Cup.

5/ Golfers generally use carts, but walkers are welcome.

Course Record

64, Alan Michell, Doug McGuigan, 2006 Coca-Cola Championship on Sunshine Tour;
Lee Westwood at NMI and Jake Roos in 2018 club medal

Club Champions

Dave Thompson & Gail Witcomb

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It is an absolute pleasure to play Arabella. It is often a windy course, making the length even more challenging. The greens, fringes and bunkers are as good as you will get in the Cape. There are several memorable holes; the par-5 eighth coming down a steep hill; the par-3 17th alongside the lagoon; and a great risk-reward finishing hole. I would wager Arabella has the best set of par-3s of any course west of Fancourt. On the downside, service is perennially poor, the bar expensive and limited.
Hamish Houston
20 March 2020

We played Arabella on a beautiful afternoon and the conditioning was superb. The presentation was world class, worthy of its Top 10 ranking. What's impressive is the variety of shot-making from the varied tees. Some of the tees were set back, making for long carries. From shorter tees it was still a challenge. Arabella holds firm in my personal Top 10. A credit to the crew at a stunning course!

Jon James
17 March 2020
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I joined visiting American course rater David Davis for his first look at Arabella. He was in South Africa through December and January and played a dozen different courses in the Western & Eastern Cape, and KZN. He was most impressed with Arabella, both the resort and course, which is in superb condition and playing beautifully. The par-4 16th hole, which has undergone major changes in recent years for safety reasons, has improved its looks with the construction of a cart path on the left boundary. Arabella have a new club captain in Dennis Marillier.
Stuart McLean
15 January 2020
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